Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
Upon opening the bottle, there really isn’t much of a smell to these cbdMD CBD Oil Softgel Capsules (1000mg). There is a subtle sweetish scent, likely from the capsules themselves, but the product within them doesn’t have a strong odor. If you’re very sensitive to flavors or scents, these capsules might be a good option for you.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
There is absolutely no flavor to these little guys whatsoever. They’re easy to swallow (like most capsules, it’s helpful to float them to the back of your throat for easy swallowing) and their smooth texture prevents them from sticking to the soft tissues of the mouth or getting stuck.
First, we’d like to commend cbdMD for their packaging decision with these capsules: they’re sold in a child-proof bottle, which we feel should be the standard. While there’s no danger of overdosing on CBD, it is still medicine. As such, we feel it should be responsibly packaged. We applaud cbdMD’s decision to use childproof packaging on their products, and we hope to see more providers moving this direction in the near future.
Now, to the capsules themselves: each of the thirty CBD oil capsules are gray and white in color, though it looks like the gray color is imparted by the CBD oil within. The capsules are both vegan and gluten-free (in addition to being cruelty-free), making these CBD capsules both inclusive and sustainable.
Within the capsule, the broad-spectrum CBD extract is combined with MCT oil to form a pasty, semi-crumbly, off-white mixture that takes the shape of the capsule — or whatever it’s compressed into. It doesn’t have much of a flavor on its own, and definitely none when ingested inside the capsule.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
Similar to other oral products absorbed through the digestive tract, these capsules take a little time to kick in: we noticed effects about 45 minutes after ingestion on average, but your mileage may vary here depending on your metabolism, what you’ve had to eat that day, and a number of other factors.
Within an hour of ingestion, we found ourselves physically and mentally relaxed, more able to focus, and pain-free. This dosage strength (33.3 mg per capsule) was sufficient for our testers to feel the pain-relieving, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD without drowsiness. After taking the CBD capsules, we felt calm, noticed an improvement in mood, and felt generally good.
In line with other oral CBD products, these capsules provided us with long-lasting relief — 8-10 hours for most of our testers, though again, your individual experience may vary a bit. We found these CBD oil capsules effective for relief from a variety of symptoms, including chronic pain and soreness in muscles and joints, systemic inflammation, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
The capsules also worked against more intense pain caused by injury or our menstrual cycles (even one tester’s severe menstrual pain caused by endometriosis). We found our dose of CBD to be just as effective at treating moderate to severe pain as traditional pharmaceutical pain drugs — that tester with endometriosis ended up tossing her tramadol in favor of CBD for pain management.
Best used for
Because the capsules contain an effective dose of organic, non-GMO, full spectrum CBD, they can be used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions ranging from chronic pain, autoimmune disease, neurological conditions, and mood disorders. Essentially, if your symptoms arise from an underlying inflammatory condition (and there’s evidence to suggest that this is the case for most illnesses), a CBD oil capsule like this one can provide effective, lasting relief from a diverse array of symptoms.